Vol. 12, No. 1
News of the Field:
|Nina Wormbs Wins Robinson Prize|
The Society for the History of Technology’s 1999 Robinson Prize went to Nina Wormbs of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. SHOT awards this prize yearly to a first-time presenter at its annual meeting whose paper excels in both content and delivery. Nina’s 1998 paper, “A New Technology to Save Old Values: The Nordic Direct Broadcasting Satellite,” superbly met those standards.
To quote from the Robinson Prize Committee’s citation, Nina successfully embedded “a technology episode in the cultural context in which it arose. She has, concisely and with great clarity, identified a complex of cultural factors surrounding governmental research on satellite broadcast systems for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in the 1970s and ‘80s; or, we might note more precisely, surrounding resistance to that emergence, since no such system has yet been built.” She convincingly showed that partisans on all sides believed that “No less than the loss or preservation of Nordic culture might have followed the arrival of the new technology.”
The committee’s full citation explains at length the content and merits of Wormbs’s evidence, argument, and presentation. Congratulations, Nina!